Bonsai & Shades Of Play – Rue Meslay

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Bonsai & Shades Of Play – Rue MeslayBonsai Press Shot Credit Spawnzone

Berlin-based powerhouse imprint Steyoyoke has inaugurated its Paradigm series, which is dedicated to showcasing the next generation of innovators in the “ethereal techno” arena. The full compilation is filled with forward-thinking pieces, but one in particular stands out to us here at Dancing Astronaut.

It’s “Rue Meslay,” by fresh SoCal talents Bonsai and their collaborator, Shades Of Play. Inspired by the streets of Paris in which Bonsai member Tim Glusko spent time, the tune is moody, and deep, with carefully arranged sound design and twinkling instrumentation. Its undulating analogue synths shoot through the space like rain droplets, further evoking the haunting city atmosphere that helped catalyze the track. It’s near-impossible to not get caught in its wildly hypnotic web.

Bonsai have been working diligently cutting their teeth in the Californian underground circuit, establishing themselves as formidable talents within their niche. Associated closely with Jeremy Olander and the Vivrant brand as well, the duo will be opening for the Swedish icon at his upcoming show in Washington DC on July 11. Get tickets here, and be sure to keep close watch on Bonsai as they ascend the house and techno ranks.

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Rinzen lands on iconic German label Steyoyoke in fine ‘Forms’

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Rinzen lands on iconic German label Steyoyoke in fine ‘Forms’Rinzen Shoot 3 Trona Pinnacles Michael Drummond 0564

One of mau5trap‘s prominent rising stars, Rinzen, has spread his influence across the pond as of late. It began with an emotive “Tragedia” on the UK-based Chapter 24 records. Afterward, he packed his USB crate and traveled alongside deadmau5 on his Euro tour, further solidifying his fanbase overseas. To top off his 2018, he and Evan Casey paired up for the creepingily satisfying “Fractal” on prominent Solée-led imprint Parquet.

This wasn’t the only Berlin card Rinzen had to play; for he’s started his year out on a strong note with a release on none other than the “ethereal techno” institution, Steyoyoke. “Forms” is a piece that feels right at home on the label. It’s rife with eerie and mysterious moog melodies, taking listeners on a journey deep down the rabbit hole that explodes into hellfire at the end. Not to mention, the sound design on “Forms” is on-point; with tight mixing and just the right balance of spaciness and grit. One might even argue it’s one of his finest tracks to date, and that’s a big thing to say considering his entire library is of high caliber.

It’s safe to say that 2019 is looking to be the year of the Rinzen.

#Rinzenrepeat here 

Photo credit: Michael Drummond